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Author: Tammi Ward
System:Shelby County
School:Oak Mountain Intermediate School
Lesson Plan ID: 1711

My Math Curse!


Math is a part of our everyday life. Fifth grade students discover how math can help us at home, the store, etc. By exploring the Internet, students practice solving problems they may encounter in life. Their imagination is the limit when they create their own real life problems for their friends to solve.

Content Standard(s):
TC2(3-5) 1. Use input and output devices of technology systems.
TC2(3-5) 8. Collect information from a variety of digital sources.
TC2(3-5) 10. Use digital environments to collaborate and communicate.
TC2(3-5) 11. Use digital tools to analyze authentic problems.
MA2013(4) 14. Understand a fraction a/b with a > 1 as a sum of fractions 1/b. [4-NF3]
MA2013(4) 15. Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction by a whole number. [4-NF4]
MA2013(4) 20. Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving simple fractions or decimals, and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as number line diagrams that feature a measurement scale. [4-MD2]
MA2013(5) 16. Solve real-world problems involving multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. [5-NF6]
Local/National Standards:  
Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will create and solve word problems with the use of a variety of problem solving strategies. Students will create word problems in the form of a slideshow presentation.

Additional Learning Objective(s):  
Approximate Duration of the Lesson: 91 to 120 Minutes
Materials and Equipment:

The Math Curse by Jon Scieszka

Technology Resources Needed:

Computers with Internet access, presentation software, LCD projector or other presentation device


Students should have experience creating slideshow presentations.

1.)Introduce the lesson by asking students if they can name ways we use math everyday. After the discussion, read The Math Curse to the class. While reading the book, work through the different word problems throughout the book.

2.)After completing the book, review different strategies for solving word problems. View the website below as a class to assist in the review.
(Word Problems Made Easy)
This site contains a booklet that reviews helpful ways to solve word problems.

3.)Organize students into groups of 2 or 3 at the computers and have them work to solve the word problems on the website below. Once students have had time to complete the word problems, discuss the word problems as a class.
(Using Math To Make Environmental Decisions)
This site helps students identify key words in word problems to help them find the answers.

4.)After discussing the word problems, have students independently create their own word problems based on "the real world" for their classmates to solve.

5.)Check each student's word problems for proper spelling, grammar, and whether or not there is enough information to actually solve the problem.

6.)Once students get a final approval, allow them to create their word problems on slides using presentation software. Students will write the problem on one slide and their answer on a second slide. Students need to include: clip art, transitions, word art, sounds, and a creative background on their slides. Teacher may choose to combine all of the files into one class slideshow.

7.)The class will share their word problems the following day. Allow students time to solve all of their classmates' word problems. The slides can be burned onto a CD to share with other students.

8.)After students finish solving the word problems, allow them to visit the website below for more practice.
(Math Cats Story Problems)
This site has word problems on all levels.

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Assessment Strategies:

The teacher will use the attached rubric to assess students' slideshow presentation. Students will also be graded on the accuracy of the assigned word problems.


Students could add pictures taken from digital cameras. Students could add clips from digital videos. Suggestions for other classroom activities about this book can be found at Literature: "Math Curse" by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

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